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Anemia in Pregnancy

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Preventing Anemia

To prevent anemia during pregnancy, make sure you get enough iron. Eat well-balanced meals and add more foods that are high in iron to your diet. 

Aim for at least three servings a day of iron-rich foods, such as:

  • lean red meat, poultry, and fish
  • leafy, dark green vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, and kale)
  • iron-enriched cereals and grains
  • beans, lentils, and tofu
  • nuts and seeds
  • eggs

Foods that are high in vitamin C can help your body absorb more iron. These include:

  • citrus fruits and juices
  • strawberries
  • kiwis
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers

Try eating those foods at the same time that you eat iron-rich foods.  For example, you could drink a glass of orange juice and eat an iron-fortified cereal for breakfast.

Also, choose foods that are high in folic acid to help prevent folate deficiency. These include:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • citrus fruits and juices
  • fortified breads and cereals
  • dried beans

Follow your doctor's instructions for taking a prenatal vitamin that contains a sufficient amount of iron and folic acid.

Vegetarians and vegans should talk with their doctor about whether they should take a vitamin B12 supplement when they're pregnant and breastfeeding.   

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on July 05, 2014
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